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Getting Over the Midterm Slump

By Andronica Owens
Blog Content Contributor

Congratulations, you have made it through the first round of your exams for the semester. How do you feel? Have you been dealing with a cold for a few days? Did you ace your exams, or do you think you can do better? Are you starting to question your major and wondering if this is the right move for you?

If you are feeling unsure about how college is going for you right now, know you’re not alone. There’s many people who experience these feelings of uncertainty and stagnation throughout their college career. There can be many unexpected setbacks and you have to make sure you know what to do with them.

With the new season comes new opportunities and easier ways to get sick. You’ll hear people sniffling in class and you’ll notice more people saying they’re sick and going through some kind of bug. Don’t let it happen to you! Even if you’re stressed out and always on the go, take a few minutes out of your day to do a health inventory. Drink more water and practice all your preventative actions. Classes, organizations, and work won’t stop if you’re sick and you can’t afford to miss out.

Don’t let the first round of exams discourage you. Tests are hard, and college is hard. These are the facts. Maybe you didn’t do as well as you’d hoped on your test even after all the late nights studying or you didn’t do great on that paper or project. It’s okay. Take the feedback and adapt to it! Change the way you study for the test. Go to office hours or a study group if you studied alone, or study alone if you only studied with a group. You have to find what works best for you.

Feeling uncertain about your major? It happens to the best of us. Let’s say you’re taking a few more advanced classes and you don’t enjoy them as much as you thought you would or they don’t interest you like they first did. You’re more excited about the elective classes than your major coursework. Talk to an advisor and look at your options! You aren’t required to stick to one major. Most of us don’t know all our options when we first get to college anyways, so change it until you find the right one.

On the other hand, maybe you’re feeling great about everything. You studied hard and aced those exams. You are certain about your major and you feel on top of the world. These are all great things and you should be proud. Take a moment to applaud yourself, but then it’s right back to work! You didn’t feel the slump, but that doesn’t mean the hard work ends here. Push through to midterms and keep putting in the work you need to get a 4.0 this semester. It’s 4.0 season and we’re all ready to reap the benefits.

Featured Image by Andronica Owens.

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